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Colby Ott (Fed)

Research Chemist / NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Colby Ott joined the Surface and Trace Chemical Analysis Group as a research chemist and NRC postdoctoral research fellow in 2022. His research has focused on the development of novel analytical methods and alternative screening approaches toward applications for forensic seized drug analysis and toxicology. Colby earned his Ph.D. in Forensic Science and M.S. in Forensic and Investigative Science from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. His interests include analytical electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, spectroscopy, traditional mass spectrometry systems (GC-MS and LC-MS/MS), and ambient ionization mass spectrometry such as DART-MS. His current research is focused on addressing measurement challenges in forensic toxicology and drug chemistry through the use of novel methods, orthogonal techniques, and chemometric approaches. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Midwest Association for Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (MATT).


2022 - Metrohm USA Young Chemist Award

Selected Publications


Created September 27, 2022, Updated April 7, 2023